UMPIRES APPRECIATION WEEK
FOLLOWING the success of National Community Umpiring Week, the VAFA will be showing its appreciation for umpires this weekend during Round 6.
Community Umpiring Week raises awareness of umpiring as an opportunity to be a part of the game and celebrates the important role of umpires across all levels of football. Each weekend, 400 dedicated boundary, field and goal umpires officiate at VAFA matches.
Call to Action for VAFA Clubs
As part of Community Umpiring Week, we invite VAFA Clubs to show their appreciation for umpires by players and coaches taking part in a pre-match guard of honour and handshake with umpires. We look forward to seeing all clubs acknowledging and thanking the umpires who make it possible for our teams to run out each week.
Umpire Abuse Incidents and Respect Initiatives
This Community Umpiring round, the VAFA reminds the entire VAFA community the roles clubs play in fostering a positive match day environment for all participants, including umpires.
While the majority channel this passion towards encouraging their team, there is still a concerning number of incidents involving abuse of umpires by players, coaches and supporters.
Nobody sets out to make mistakes in a footy match, players don’t try to miss a target and umpires don’t set out to make decisional errors; this happens though as players and umpires are both human.
The VAFA asks that this round, and moving forward, while you continue to passionately support – or play for – your team, think twice before yelling across at an umpire: think about how you’d feel if yourself, a friend, or family member was on the receiving end of it.